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19th Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi. “Striving for Self Reliance”

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The 19th Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi will be themed “Striving for Self-Reliance” with the official commemoration week lasting from the 7th of April and end on the 13th of April. Organised by the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide in collaboration with the umbrella survivor organisation IBUKA, the national commemoration will be a time for all Rwandans to remember and honour the one million innocent lives lost during the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi .

This year, Rwandans across the country and the diaspora will also take part in the traditional Walk to Remember. Themed Remember, Honor, Rebuild, the Walk to Remember aims to engage youth in the fight against genocide ideology and against all forms of discrimination; foster unity and reconciliation and create a sustainable platform for peace building.

The 19th Commemoration will also mark the first year the color grey will serve as the official mourning color- a symbol of loss and mourning in Rwandan culture. Alongside selecting an official mourning color, this year will also mark a change from the national ceremony at the stadium to ceremonies held at the community levels. National commemoration will now be held every five years starting with the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi.

Additional activities to the Walk to Remember will include lighting of the flame by President Kagame at the Gisozi Memorial Centre, a message from the President, one minute of silence observed throughout the nation at noon and a night vigil held at the Amahoro Stadium.